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Improve Your Trunk Stability with this Simple Bridge Exercise

Trunk stability is talked about all the time and is an important part of any training program. The exercise in this article will improve core strength in the transverse or rotational plane. In soccer, the trunk rotates in many situations during a game. It occurs when kicking a ball, changing direction while running and when battling an opponent for a header. Improving your rotational stability will not only enhance your performance on the field, but also prevent injuries to the lower back.

Begin this exercise lying on your back with your knees bent at 90 degrees and heals on the ground with the toes in the air. Push through your heals, raising your hips in the air until your trunk and hips are fully extended. Extend one knee while maintaining a level pelvis, then return the foot to the ground and repeat on the other side, followed by lowering the hips back to the floor. Repeat the exercise 10-15 times for three sets. The key to the exercise is to keep the hips and pelvis level while extending the knee on each side.

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